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USATF mourns loss of Linda Melzer


USATF mourns loss of Linda Melzer

1939 - 2018


Linda Melzer, a USATF Master Level Official for 33 years and Ohio High School Athletic Association Official for 35 years, passed away on Monday August 13, 2018.


A dedicated volunteer, Melzer contributed decades to the sport as an official, Ohio Association President (1999-01) and Secretary (2001-18) and served as USATF’s National Officials Committee Chair (2002-08). She officiated the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, five Olympic Trials and numerous USATF Championships and NCAA Championships.


Melzer was preceded in death by her husband John G. Melzer, who passed away July 5, 2017. A funeral service for both will be held 10:00am on Saturday August 18, 2018 at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church, 807 Havens Corners Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bella Care Hospice in John and Linda's honor. Arrangements are entrusted to Day Funeral Service.


About Linda Melzer:



Certified as a Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Official  -- for 35 years

Certified as a USATF Master Level Official  --for 33 years


Positions Held  -- High school

President of TRACO (local high school association)

Secretary of TRACO (local high school association)    


Positions Held  -- USATF

USATF's Ohio Association Secretary  -- 2001 - 2018

USATF's National Officials Committee Chair  -- 2002-2008

USATF's Ohio Associations' President  -- 1999 - 2001


Championships/Meets Worked

1996 Olympics

Olympic Trials  -- 5

Numerous USATF Senior Championships, NCAA Championships, Youth and Masters' Championships

Goodwill Games

World Police & Fire Fighters Games

Olympic Festivals

Millrose Games

WMA (World Masters Championships)

Many Ohio High School Regional & District Championships

Many Columbus Marathons  

Linda's usual assignments at major Championships was Chief Clerk.



Inducted into the USATF Officials Hall of Fame  -- Class of 2011

USATF's Presidents Award for Outstanding Service.

USATF's Ohio Associations' President Award

USATF Ohio Associatons' Service Award

Ohio High School Athletic Associations (OHSAA)  -- Contributor Award 2012

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